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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2559

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Kathina Celebration at Dharma Vijaya Buddhist Vihara in Los Angeles

By Ven. Murutamure Pannaloka, Los Angeles

Kathina Ceremony in Los Angeles"Kathina" was celebrated at Dharma Vijaya Buddhist Vihara in Los Angeles with a variety of ceremonies from Saturday evening, October 18th through Sunday afternoon, October 19th. About 400 members and guests participated in chanting 'pirith,' the traditional offering of the robes, meditation, and dana for both clergy and laypeople.

‘Concerns’ of India

By S. Akurugoda

According to media reports, Indian PM has expressed grave ‘concern’ at the situation in our country, the ongoing hostilities between government troops and separatist Tamil Tigers, and the‘losses suffered by civilians’. In response to the recent developments, addressing Sri Lankan media heads and editors at Temple Trees (Oct 21), the President Mahinda Rajapaksa has said that his government was doing its utmost to meet their essential needs: "We are sending them food. We are feeding the LTTE, in fact. We know that 70 per cent of the food sent by the government goes to them".

Restoring Trust—Time to rescue the real economy

By Juan Somavia – Director General of the ILO

The current crisis has hit the financial sector hard. But what about people and the real economy? Though we don’t know how long and how serious the financial crisis will be, we do know that if we fail to act decisively, the impact on the lives, working conditions and hopes of millions of people will be strong, global and systemic. The current search for better financial regulation and a global surveillance mechanism of checks and balances is a welcome step. But we must reach beyond the financial system. This is not simply a crisis on Wall Street; it is a crisis on all streets.

First ever international fisheries exhibition

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

The organizing of the International Fisheries Expo Sri Lanka 2008 (IFESL-2008) International Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Exhibition – is another first of its kind by the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL) in partnership with the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources. This fisheries exhibition will be held at the Sri Lanka Exhibition and Conventional Centre from 7th to 9th November.

Ambassador Uyangoda’s term extended indefinitely

Foreign Ministry of Sri Lanka has suddenly extended the stay of Ranjith Uyangoda, Sri Lanka’s Ambassador in Japan. Earlier it was rumored that Ambassador Ranjith Uyangoda’s term is coming to an end shortly and he will be replaced by Dr. Palitha Kohona, Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. However 'Asian Tribune' pointed out that it was a rumor floated around by the Anti-Dr. Kohona section in the Ministry. As pointed out by 'Asian Tribune' it has been proved that the rumor of Dr. Kohona being tipped as Ambassador to Japan has been again proved wrong.

Thaksin rejects court verdict imposing two-year jail sentence

Thakshin ShinawataraThailand’s former Prime Minister Thakshin Shinawatara has rejected the court verdict imposing on him of two years prison sentence. On Tuesday, Thailand’s Supreme Court's Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions sentenced ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra to two years in jail, convicting him of violating the National Counter Corruption Act in the Ratchadaphisek land purchase case. Thaksin is charged with abusing his authority while he was prime minister to facilitate his wife's purchase of 33 rai of land on Thiam Ruam Mit road in the Ratchadaphisek area from the Bank of Thailand's Financial Institutions Development Fund (FIDF) at a discounted price five years ago.

Pranab Mukerjee not going to Sri Lanka.

Pranab MukerjeeNow, it has emerged that Pranab Mukerjee, India’s External Affairs Minister will not be visiting Sri Lanka to express the so called "concern of India." Earlier, it was reported that Sri Lanka Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollgama has invited the Indian Minister of External Affairs, Pranab Mukherjee to undertake a visit to Sri Lanka at an early date. Media hype revealed that Pranab Mukerjee would visit Sri Lanka to see for himself the situation in the country, as well as to express India’s concern.

Sri Lankan Tea Exporters to target 1000 MT exports to China 2008

Sri Lanka participated at the Beijing China Tea Expo held from 12 -15 October at the China World Exhibition Center, promoting Ceylon Tea at a very high profile and the biggest tea show in China. Center stage was captured by Sri Lanka and Ambassador Karunatilaka Amunugam was interviewed by the organizers, where he explained in detail the fine quality of Sri Lanka Black Tea and the potentiality it has for securing a bigger share in the Chinese market.

Welfare of Tamil people furthest from LTTE policies

The Government notes with grave concern that the ships that came under attack are also used by NGOs and private sector suppliers to transport goods. By attacking these ships the LTTE terrorists are trying to disrupt the smooth flow of essential items to Jaffna and thereby create a humanitarian crisis in the region, that would not exist but for its acts of terror. Sri Lanka Government pointed out that the LTTE has continuously done everything possible to subvert all relief measures to these people, the most pernicious strategy being that of forcibly deploying them to act as a human shield in the face of advancing security forces, blocking their movement to safe areas wherever possible.

Karunanidhi floored for supporting LTTE

J. Jayalalitha General Secretary of AIDMK J. Jayalalitha and Tamil Nadu Congress Party leaders have flayed Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.Karunanidhi for supporting Sri Lanka’s separatists organization - Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. In a statement, J. Jayalalitha said the DMK government was endangering the sovereignty of the country by supporting LTTE. She added that the Congress-led UPA Government was acting against the unity and integrity of the country by supporting him. Jayalalithaa said several political leaders in Tamil Nadu had started supporting the LTTE and Tamil Eelam in the name of enlisting support for the ethnic Tamils in Sri Lanka.

Vaiko arrested in Chennai

V.GopalasamyMarumalarchchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) leader V.Gopalasamy, popularly known as Vaiko has been arrested this afternoon on charges of fomenting secessionist violence in support of the banned Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Vaiko, was held from his home in northwest Chennai, had asked the central government to cut off diplomatic relations with Sri Lanka in retaliation for its military action against the LTTE.

SAP ACE award for Dialog Telekom

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Dialog Telekom PLC added to its list of laurels the Best Telecommunication Sector Implementation for Midsize Enterprises at SAP ACE (Awards for Customer Excellence) 2008. Dialog Telekom was the only Sri Lankan winner this year in any category, figuring amongst some of the biggest names of regional and global industry. SAP ACE recognizes how information technology is effectively used by enterprises to transform business, innovatively re-architect operating models and deliver strong returns on investment and return on information to stakeholders.

LTTE should lay down their arms and come forward for negotiation with Sri Lanka Government - Lord Naseby

By Walter Jayawardhana

Lord.Nasby Lord Naseby , senior member of the House of Lords said that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) should immediately lay down arms and start negotiations with the government without causing further bloodshed. He made this statement to this correspondent after visiting a photo exhibition organized by the Sri Lankans Against Terrorism with the help of the Presidential Media Unit and the Sri Lanka High Commission in London. He said, “My message to them is there is nothing to fight; seeking peace is the most wanted thing for all the people in Sri Lanka at the moment.. So, lay down your arms and go to peace negotiations with the Sri Lanka government.”